Hope Bolinger

Hope Bolinger – Editor

Editor of 350+ authors, specializing in YA, MG, Christian fiction, romance, and fantasy (but open to edit anything), former literary agent.

Overview

Hope has edited the work of 350+ authors, and is an author herself, specializing in developmental edits. She has edited for several traditional publishers and prioritizes preserving author's voice.


As someone who has worked all sides of the desk, she promises to handle all edits with grace. She has a soft spot for young adult (YA), middle grade (MG), romance, fantasy, and Christian fiction and inspirational nonfiction.


But she’s honestly open to any genre! She can handle some spice and violence levels, although she does get queasy with torture scenes and probably isn’t the best person for very explicit sex scenes. She’s just interested in telling good stories.

Services
Fiction
Christian Fiction Contemporary Fiction Contemporary Romance Fantasy Middle Grade Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction Inspirational
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • University-Level Editing Course

Work experience

End Game Press

Nov, 2021 — Present

Edits 30+ books each year, in genres of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s. Performs both developmental and copy edits on all books for publication.

Xulon Press

Feb, 2024 — Present

Provides edits to clients in a variety of genres. Ghostwrites some copy to ensure proper style, flow, and adherence to genre tropes.

CYLE

May, 2018 — Mar, 2021 (almost 3 years)

Edited the work of 100 clients as an agent’s assistant and landed 70 book contracts for clients.

Self-employed

May, 2018 — Present

Provides dev. and copy edits to hundreds of books, including for several traditional publishers.

Iron Stream Media

Feb, 2018 — Jun, 2019 (over 1 year)

Managed pub board team, evaluating manuscripts on a monthly basis for publication.

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
My Name is Nkechukwuọma

Gloria

Yorshi Publishing

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
First Date

Lacy, Evan

Copy Editing Proofreading
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Hexblood

Livingstone, Kiernan A

Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing
The Jealous Son: A Novel

Chynoweth, Michele

Developmental Editing
Jessie's Hope

Hallmark, Jennifer

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
After the Flowers Die

Renee Leonard Kennedy

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Uncrushed

Marshall, Beth

Developmental Editing
Unbetrothed

Pedraza Yamnitz, Candice

Developmental Editing
Fade to White

Ross, Tara K.

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
The Secret of Chimneys

Alice H. Murray

Developmental Editing
The Sadeiest

Spencer, Austrian

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
The Choices She Made

Felicia Ferguson

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing

Hope has 22 reviews

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stephen R.

stephen R.

May, 2024

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Hope was wonderful to work with. As a first time author it's a little daunting getting editorial feedback. Everything went smoothly and Hope delivered all that we discussed well within the timeframe, which allowed us some time at the end to talk through aspects of the project. Definitely 10/10. I'd work with her again without hesitation.
Hope B.
I loved this book so much and you were such a wonderful author to work with! I’d be honored to work on any of your books!
Nell W.

Nell W.

May, 2024

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I'm very pleased with the copy editing Hope did for me! She was very reasonably priced and was exceptionally fast in her turnaround. When I had a question, she was quick to get back to me. Professional and easy to work with. I would not hesitate to hire her again in the future!
Hope B.
I loved this book! It hit all the emotional notes just right, and I cannot wait to buy my own copy of this. I'd be honored to work with you again in the future, too!
Evan L.

Evan L.

Mar, 2024

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Hope was an absolute joy to work with! Her edits to my first novel exceeded my expectations & made the text far more accessible. She kept things professional the whole way through, going above and beyond when she got in touch with some of the system officials to fix a payment error that I had screwed up. She finished the work weeks in advance, completing the assignment in just a few days. She c...
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Hope B.
Thank you so much, Evan! This was such a fun book to read!
Jenny F.

Jenny F.

Jun, 2024

Hope was very enthusiastic, thorough and engaging - and this was before she began working on my manuscript. My queries were quickly answered, and Hope covered a huge amount of my book in a short period of time. She has adept copy-editing skills, and offers useful suggestions. I highly recommend Hope Bollinger, especially if you need a quick turnaround. Likewise, I draw much encouragement from ...
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Hope B.
I loved this book and cannot wait to see what happens with it!
Christine F.

Christine F.

May, 2024

My experience with Hope as an editor was very positive for copy editing and proof reading. I really appreciate the information she shared about different types of edits. She gave clear explanations about the reasons for different edits and trimming in areas for the target middle age reader. I feel like her edits helped give my story a good flow without taking away the meaning of the story. H...
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Hope B.
You were such a delight to work with, and I love the heart behind this story. What an important message! Thank you for letting me work on it!

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